According to figures released last year, Australia ranks as the highest emitter of greenhouse gases per capita in the world, mostly due to their use of coal for electricity generation. While green power from the utility companies IS available, most households do not realize the impact of their energy consumption on the environment. Providing this information is vital to creating a change in the way that people think and act. So tomorrow, Sunday March 4th at 8:30pm, Australia’s Channel TEN will be showing “Cool-Aid: The National Carbon Test” on national television. The two-hour TV show will ask viewers to calculate their carbon emissions, as well as provide them with an outline of simple carbon reduction strategies for use in their homes. Viewers will also be asked to send their results via SMS to Cool Aid to create a state-by-state picture of Australia’s emission levels.
During the course of the program experts from Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures will audit emissions from four celebrity homes, including Toni Collette and former Miss Universe Australia Erin McKnight, and will show their results on air live. The show will also include interviews with Al Gore, Tim Flannery (Australian of the Year and writer of “The Weather Makers“)
This is an important benchmark in making people aware of the environmental issues that we are facing today. Personally, I’ll be watching the show and giving it a try, and Í’ll make sure to come back and let you know of any interesting results that come out of this show.